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Business Freebies

In this section, TheFreeSite.com takes a look at business-related freebies on the Web. These range from free services aimed at businesses to free product samples to free business-related magazines and books.

Vstore Ecommerce Solution

Looking to do business on the Web? This free service lets you easily set up and manage your own custom online storefront, including such features as your own subdomain and shopping cart. Vstore will also host your storefront, for free.

DownloadAtoZ.com

This popular free software site offers over 800,000 listings, with each program reviewed and rated. Around 40 percent of the programs here are freeware. Categories include audio & MP3 software, desktop enhancements, games, mobile & PDA software, multimedia, software development, utilities, Web authoring and more.

Free Press Release

Looking to promote your business? This is a popular free press release distribution service. The site also includes tips and advice about how you can write an effective press release.

1FreeCart.com

At this site, you can easily set up your own online storefront for free. 1FreeCart.com offers hosting and a robust shopping cart system with lots of features, including PayPal IPN e-commerce integration, a secured shopping environment, and integration with Google Analytics.

WebsitesForRestaurants.co.uk

This site specializes in offering free Web sites for restaurants, bistros and other eateries. Using the site tool here, you can easily create and update your own custom Web site. You'll also find a selection of professionally designed restaurant templates and there's a tool to help you create a custom logo, as well as other features. Free hosting is included.

Shipping Sidekick

This free service lets you easily compare rate quotes from different package shipping companies. You can also track your packages here. It's a useful service for eBay sellers and small businesses.

Templates4Cards.com

Looking for a new business card? This site offers a nice selection of free business card templates that you can output on your printer. Most of the templates here have fully editable text.

My-Income-Online.com

This site offers loads of helpful free advice on how you can earn money with your Web site. Here, you'll find information on creating a site, promoting it, optimizing your site's content, and earning revenue.

CoSwap.com

Got a Web design project that you need done? This free service lets you post details of your Web project and receive bids from free-lancers from around the world who specialize in site design, Flash, graphics, etc.

LiveHelpEngine.com

This free service lets you easily set up a live customer support chat system on your Web site. LiveHelpEngine.com also offers a free real-time visitor tracking service that lets you keep tabs on how visitors are using your site.

TradePub.com

This site offers a directory of over 300 trade magazine subscription offers that are "free to professionals who qualify." Note: many of the offers have international availability, but most are U.S. only.

Active-Income.com

Looking to make money on the Web? This site reviews and rates various programs that can earn revenue for you, including ad networks, affiliate programs, home business opportunities and more. Revenue programs are available here for Webmasters, as well as a general audience.

Zoho

An excellent free Web-based service that offers Microsoft Office-like functions, including a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, a spreadsheet tool and Zoho Show, a program that offers PowerPoint-like features.

The IM4Newbies Forum

Looking to do business on the Web? This lively free forum covers all aspects of marketing on the Net. Topics in this family-friendly, moderated forum range from advertising techniques to online business management. IM4Newbies also offers free ads for members.

Free tax filing

U.S. taxpayers who are eligible can get free online tax preparation and electronic filing via The Free File Alliance, a public-private partnership. Eligibility is determined by several factors, including your age, income, state of residence, etc.

Free white paper downloads

At this site, you'll find hundreds of free business, computer, engineering and trade white papers, downloads and podcasts that are "free to professionals who qualify." Topics include management, marketing, operations, sales, and technology. Note: many of the offers have international availability, but most are U.S. only.

FreeRealTime.com

Tired of stale, delayed stock quotes? This free, advertising-supported service gives you real-time quotes that you can retrieve as fast as your connection will allow. All you need to do is register (which is free, too) and abide by the rules. This popular service can be difficult to access during times of peak stock trading. The service may encounter some problems behind firewalls (read their FAQ for solutions). (Information available on U.S. markets only.) Options quotes not available now, but are promised soon.

WHOS-IN

A helpful program for businesses, WHOS-IN lets people on a company's network keep track of where everyone else is (and what their availability is). It's the equivalent of a traditional "in-out" board, but much more versatile. The 5-user version is freeware. (For Windows).